Oklahoma's waterfowl seasons are approaching.
Goose season opens statewide Saturday along with the duck season opener in zone one (north-central and northwest Oklahoma).
The youth waterfowl hunting days in zone two (majority of the state) also is Saturday and Oct. 30.
Duck season is currently open in the Panhandle counties and runs uninterrupted through Jan. 4.
Sandhill crane season opened Saturday west of I-35 and will continue through Jan. 23.
In addition to the waterfowl seasons, Oklahoma's fall turkey season opens Saturday and runs through Nov. 18 in certain counties.
Last minute hunter education courses offered
There's still to get hunter education before the deer gun season opener on Nov. 19.
Almost 30 hunter education classes are scheduled around the state on Nov. 5 and Nov. 12 alone.
In recent years, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has increased its number of last minute classes before the opening day of deer gun season.
“Last year, we certified over 3,000 students the two weekends before deer gun season,” said Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “That's a significant percentage of the number of students certified all year.”
Hunters ages 10 to 30 must be hunter education certified to hunt alone. Hunters younger than age 10 must be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter ages 18 or older who is hunter education certified or exempt.
Hunters exempt from hunter education include those ages 31 or older, people honorably discharged from or on duty in the United States Armed Forces and members of the National Guard.
Oklahomans who are not hunter education certified may be able to hunt with an apprentice-designated hunting license.
For more information, visit www.wildlifedepartment.com.